NHS Improving Quality is running a free new and innovative online course for people working in health and social care.

The course is suitable for both beginners as well as people with some improvement knowledge and, over 8 weeks, covers:

  • The fundamentals of quality improvement
  • Using the model for improvement
  • Measuring for improvement
  • Sustaining and spreading improvements

The course is delivered entirely online via videos, articles and exercises and features live knowledge exchange events, allowing you to learn from experts and debate and connect with other participants around the world.

To enrol on the course, go to NHS IQ Improvement FUNdamentals website.  For more information, please contact mooc@nhsiq.nhs.uk.


Interested in Nurse Education or gaining more teaching experience? 

We have a great opportunity for you.


Band 7 Clinical Skills Educator - Clinical Skills Programme


Needed… enthusiastic, committed Nurses with a passion for Education. As part of a new and exciting project funded by Health Education North West, this post involves providing high quality clinical skills training and support to qualified nurses working in Primary Care, the independent sector, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Acute Sectors across Cumbria in association with the University of Cumbria.   

The post will be hosted by Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative (NHS Cumbria CCG) and offers full time employment either on a secondment or a fixed term basis for a period of 9 months, working Monday to Friday with staff in their localities.


In return… in the spirit of CLIC, you will be supported with your personal and professional development. As part of this exciting project you will have the opportunity to work with the University of Cumbria and hold an honorary contract for the duration of the project. You will be supported & supervised by the project lead.


Interested? If you have any queries or would like to discuss please contact:

Toni Hall, Education & Learning Manager, CPFT / CLIC Programme Manager, BB: 07824 473 837

Sue Robb, Quality & Safety Lead, NHS Cumbria CCG, BB: 07769 675 689

Lisa Smith, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Practice, Lifelong and Inter-professional Learning, Faculty of Health and Science, University of Cumbria, Tel: 01524 590800 ext 2573, BB: 07817 531 136


Please apply via NHS Jobs


Secondments from all health organisations, including GP practices, Cumbria County Council and University of Cumbria are welcomed. Please ensure you have discussed this opportunity with your manager before applying (this post is also available as a 9 month fixed term contract).

Could you make a difference? Do you have a bright idea that could help to improve the NHS?


Everyone can play a part in developing innovative solutions to the healthcare challenges we face. NHS Innovations North wants to hear about your bright ideas to improve the experience of our patients and public as well as our staff.


The Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2015 is a competition organised by NHS Innovations North, which is a service delivered by RTC North Limited on behalf of the Academic Health Science Network North East and Cumbria.


Now in its twelfth year, the Awards celebrate the achievements of NHS employees throughout all sectors of the service in the North East and Cumbria who have risen to the challenge of telling how, and where, they believe that improvements to the service provided to patients can be improved, either through a technical innovation or through better service delivery. 


For the first time NHS Innovations North are also encouraging entries from regional SMEs making an impact on the healthcare market.  


You could win a cash prize as well as support to help you to develop your idea into a new medical product or raise awareness of your innovative service. 


The categories for the Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2015 are as follows:

  • Service Innovation
  • Innovative Technology or Device
  • CCG Innovation within Primary Care
  • SME Innovation in Healthcare
  • Patient and Public Involvement – Making Research Better, sponsored by CRN: North East and North Cumbria and AHSN NENC. NHS Innovations North are looking to hear from Researchers and Research staff including Research Nurses, Clinicians, PhD and Masters Students about how Patient and Public Involvement has positively influenced their studies/evaluations. Entries are likely to include examples from clinical trials, student projects, and service development and evaluation where patient and public involvement has made a significant impact to the study design and process.


Please note that if your entry does not fit exactly within one of the above categories then NHS Innovations North still wish to hear from you.


The closing date for entries into the Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2014 has now been extended to Monday 6th April 2015. The awards ceremony will take place at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel on Thursday 21st May 2015. 


Entries can be submitted to the Bright Ideas in Health Awards by clicking here.


Please contact sarah.black@nhsinnovationsnorth.org.uk for more information if required.


With thanks to NHS Innovations North's sponsors:

RTC North Ltd, Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN, NENC), Archer IP and CRN: North East and North Cumbria